Yo’ Yo’ Yo’, What’s Good?

Before I get into this post, I just wanted to say a big “Thank You!” to China Glaze for sharing my link with all of its followers today on Twitter. It meant a lot to me that more people are able to share in my love of nail art. I tried to do an “All China Glaze” post, but I just don’t have that many colors! Not for lack of trying, but the pickings are slim for China Glaze in my area and a lot of my polish purchases are spontaneous “I must take you home to my lair and use you” type purchases. Dear China Glaze: feel free to expand into Ithaca, I’d LOVE to see more of you! Thanks. Now onto business. :-)

I have always loved graffiti and I’ve always had a tendency to draw and paint in a graffiti-esque fashion. So I decided to do “For Your Nails Only” in graffiti! Also, I had a wonderful twitterer ask me about my painting and drawing today, and while I couldn’t find ALL of my art, I did have some pictures of my older artwork on my computer, so I’ve added those as well.

What’s Good, Ma?
If you’re wondering why there is a stick figure holding a thunderbolt by my name, its because someone lovely thought that it should be my watermark/symbol/signature on my work since I love meteorology and I’m studying it in college. I tried it here but I think I should redraw it, one hand holding a thunderbolt, one holding a musical instrument, and an painters palette balancing on my head. Then, I’d be covered. :-)For this manicure, I started with one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat and two coats of Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud. For the index finger: I used China Glaze’s In The Lime Light with Nina’s Ultra Pro in Salsa, Orly’s Enchanted Forest, and Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud. For the middle finger: I used China Glaze’s Frostbite and Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud. For the ring finger: I used China Glaze’s Turned Up Turquoise and China Glaze’s Frostbite. For the pinky: I used OPI’s The IT Color and Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud. I used Sinful Colors Black on Black for the outlines of each letter. For the thumb I used the same black and Nicole By OPI’s Deeply In Love for my name. I finished with two coats of Seche Vite.
My Mini Art Gallery
This was a random abstract I did in high school- medium: acrylic paint.
Rafik’s Mantra was “Show No Love” when he was in the boxing circuit, so when I first started dating him, I did a picture of it! medium: acrylic paint.
My good friend Amber and I would have destressing sessions freshman year of college where we’d get together and paint for each other. This if you look carefully says “Amber

My dad’s wife is one of my best friends and as such, I made her this collage of words that explained who she is when I was in high school. Laura, miss you!!! medium- PrismaColors Colored Pencil.
I have MANY more pieces hiding somewhere but I don’t have pictures of them. I usually do it for me or to share my love with other people, but I did have a pastel work on gallery display across the country once that I completed in high school. A teacher entered me in a contest without my knowing and I’d show you a picture, but it’s framed in my dad’s house and obviously, I’m not there right now!! :-)
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!! Color Club was amazing to sponsor me and I can’t wait to see who wins!

My Vision’s Gone Dotty!

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and since its close (okay, I start counting down again from November 1st, so to me, its close) I had to do a manicure of the Halloween Trick or Treat Staple- DOTS! In my neighborhood growing up, you couldn’t hit one house without scoring yourself a pack of these chewy gooey delicious little gems. So, in honor of the upcoming day:

Don’t Be A “Not”… Have A Dot!!

For this manicure, I started out with one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat and two coats of Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud on every finger except the thumb, where I used three coats of OPI’s The IT Color. I then proceeded to use OPI’s The It Color for the yellow dots, OPI’s Chop-Sticking To My Story for the Orange Dots, Nina Ultra Pro’s Salsa for the green dots, Essie’s A-List for the red dots, and a mix of A-List and Lavender Cloud for the pink dots. I used Orly’s La Playa for the Blue lettering and highlighed everything with Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud. I finished up with two coats of Seche Vite.

I love this manicure but it hurts my teeth just looking at it!

Also, I promised you a surprise (on Twitter) and here it is! I tend to… spill… acetone and nail polish (occasionally) on Rafik’s and my coffee table (with two end tables it was $20 so I’m not dying out of guilt but I felt pretty bad), My dad must be cringing if he’s reading this- this isn’t the first table I ruined (which explains why nail polish was banned to the bathroom when I was growing up :-[]) So, being the supportive man Rafik is, he agreed to let me paint the top instead of being upset! That way, I can get paint on it ON PURPOSE! I had totally different ideas for this, but I like how it turned out.

The table itself is all black and very geometric, so I love how it turned out because the color ends right at the top edge so it looks kind of neat.

What do you think?

Also!!! I’ll be hosting a great giveaway when we hit 150 followers so spread the word and stay tuned!!!!!

Christmas In… August?

I told you before that my mother has some serious crafting talent, and I wasn’t kidding. Now, I had someone put me in the Christmas mood by telling me that they were sending some polishes to me as a gift that I’ve been SERIOUSLY lemming (for all you non-nail folk, that means, pining over, lusting for… or otherwise known as WANTING, BADLY)… just because she wanted them to be appreciated. So, I decided to continue with my Christmas spirit by pulling out one of my favorite ornaments that my mother made (she made more than I can count on two hands, but I have six, all different styles) and do a nail design from it. I’ll feature the other ones another time, but this one is my favorite. It’s on a matte ball, which made for a cool nail art design.

All I Want for Christmas, is Nail polish….

For this manicure, I used one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, two coats of Essie’s A-List, and two coats of China Glaze’s Matte Magic as a base. Then I used OPI’s Golden Rules as the moon freehanded in, Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud for the white, Claire’s Kelly Green for the Green, and Claire’s Red Velvet for the bottom red tassel bead.

I just want to say this though, if this looks too busy for your or too time consuming, I LOVED the look after I did the moon and lined it with white dots, it would be a great place to stop if you’re looking for a fall/winter manicure that is out of the ordinary, and I wish I had taken a picture for you.

The Colors:

I just did a mini haul of Claire’s for the lovely lady whose sending me my lemmings, and I picked up Kelly Green for myself- and I’m SO glad I did. I’ve been in desperate need of a forest green creme and it fits the bill as ordered. It was super easy to apply as dots and has dried well, even with no top coat.

Essie’s A-List is a cherry red jelly that would be a wonderful addition to any red-lovers collection. I used two coats and had complete opacity with the matte on top, but before I put the matte on, it made my nails look like stain glass because you could see through my tips so well. I’ll be interested to see if it stains, but I’ve had good luck with my reds and I hope it doesn’t stop here. Also, as an aside; the Milani Neon Fresh Teal I used yesterday stained SO badly, it took me over an hour to remove that manicure. I had to toothpaste the heck out of my nails and I still had staining- it was mostly under the nail where the growth starts out of the quick. But it was worth it.

Here’s my mom’s great ornament and my inspiration:
Is she talented or what? All hand made.
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